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Environment and Agriculture

Environment and Agriculture at Curtin seeks to address the important issues facing our planet across the terrestrial and marine landscapes in the areas of biodiversity, climate change and the sustainability of food production.

Our courses are supported by research-led teaching and delivered by academics with industry experience and the dedication to creating a better world. Within our main areas of research we have significant government collaborations and strong industry links and we create an impact both at a regional, national and international levels.

Possible careers

  • Agronomist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental scientist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Mine site rehabilitation consultant


The Department of Environment and Agriculture have teaching and research laboratories located at Curtin’s Bentley campus, Technology Park and Margaret River campus (Viticulture and Oenology facilities).  Building 300 and 311 house laboratories for molecular biology, plant growth, disease management and ecology, animal physiology and microbiology. On the Manning Road side of campus is the Field Trial Area 126 which has glass houses, convirons and large growing areas for teaching and research purposes.

The Curtin Aquatic Research Laboratories (CARL) are based across the road from Curtin’s Bentley campus at Building 611 in Technology Park. CARL features three main re-circulation systems for seawater, freshwater and inland saline water controlled by a central computer system, allowing you to report  your activities and keep track of the various stages of your project (s). Building 611 also features postgraduate research and teaching laboratories, the Ecotoxicology Laboratory and the Horticulture Research Laboratory which investigates post-harvest treatments of fruit, vegetables and flowers with respect to increasing quality and storage life of produce.

Course Search

Increased intake for postgraduate wine course

Study a Graduate Diploma in Oenology to explore the practical and theoretical aspects of wine production and viticulture.

2016 Horizon Scholarship

Prospective students passionate about agriculture, with a keen interest in the future of our industries are invited to apply for the Horizon Scholarship, developed to support the next generation of agricultural leaders.

Contact us

Telephone: +61 8 9266 7041

Increased sea surface temperatures off Western Australian coast examined

A group of scientists, led by Curtin senior research fellow Dr Jens Zinke, have researched the cause of marine heatwaves off the Western Australian coast by reconstructing a history of sea surface temperatures in the area.

Coral scientist to join Curtin

An up and coming young scientist who has exposed a biological treasure trove in the Bonaparte Archipelago and discovered several species of coral never before recorded in Australia will join Curtin University to continue her work under a Research Fellowship.

City kids thanked for contribution to agriculture research

Mildew Mania links Perth and regional students to the wheatbelt.

Research program has early success identifying a new plant species

Professor Kingsley Dixon’s research program ‘Broome and Beyond’ which examines the Kimberley’s biodiversity recently identified a new species of blue water lilies.